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SHA board approves first-ever budget

The Saskatchewan Health Authority, which covers the Lloydminster area has announced its first ever operating budget and capital plan.

The operating budget for 2018-2019 is set for $3.8 billion, alongside the $200 million capital plan. Both investments will support the care of residents throughout the province, including residents in the City. The budget also takes into account the costs of the new Saskatchewan Hospital being built in North Battleford.

Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) CEO Scott Livingstone says with the budget they are positioned to address the services they provide as a integrated health care system.

“As one organization, we will create a health-care system that is better, smarter, safer and more coordinated. This multi-year journey will result in improved care and better health outcomes for people and communities across Saskatchewan.”

This year SHA is focused on team-based care on a community level, promoting patient and staff safety and enhancing the role physicians play in the management of the health care system. SHA Board Chair Dick Carter says the entire system is working together as one organization for the first time.

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“We are looking to create more integrated health-care teams, better value for taxpayers, better care for patients, residents and clients, and ultimately better health for the people of Saskatchewan.”

The $200 million will be used for maintaining and renewing funding for many health care facilities in both urban and rural areas. Livingstone says that they are working on having a seamless health system that delivers quality care no matter which part of the province people live in.

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